- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New acquisitions

Lifetime has acquired the basic cable rights to Sony’s feature films “Julie & Julia,” “Obsessed,” and “The Ugly Truth,” says TVWeek.com, citing a story from the Hollywood Reporter.

The movies are scheduled to air on Lifetime Movie Network beginning in 2011. Lifetime will fork over somewhere between $20 million and $30 million for the movies, THR says.

“Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, opened last weekend in second place, earning $20.1 million at the box office.

PTC rips Joan’s roast

Cable a la carte fan Parents Television Council is hitching its latest call for “cable choice” to Sunday night’s Comedy Central roast of Joan Rivers.

In an advisory to its members, the PTC sounded the alarm against what it called the show’s explicit dialogue and innuendo, though it did point out as part of the warning that a preview of the show on the Comedy Central Web site contained the parental warning: “Explicit Language, Viewer Discretion Advised.”

“This type of show is one of the main reasons why consumers want the ability to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want through some form of cable choice,” PTC President Tim Winter said.

PTC says it also plans to contact all the show’s sponsors “if the content of this year’s broadcast comes even close to that of prior years,” Multichannel.com reports.

The Comedy Central roasts are raunchy and ribald, but, according to a veteran of the Friar’s Club roasts - on which the Comedy Central roast is patterned - the Comedy Central versions are actually less raunchy than the originals.

ABC sets ‘V’ day

ABC’s re-imagining of the 1980s science-fiction miniseries and series “V”will invade the airwaves beginning Nov. 3, the network announced Sunday.

According to TVGuide.com, the series, which focuses on the world’s first encounter with a presumed friendly alien race, stars Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost” as FBI counterterrorism agent Erica Evans.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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